The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.
Many states have changed their academic standards in response to the Common Core State Standards, but that has not necessarily led to improved performance, says Dan Hamlin, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In this Q&A, Hamlin discusses his research on the Common Core backlash among states as well as the disconnect between improved standards and improved student test scores.
A survey from Civitas Learning found that one-quarter of college students say it will be hard for them to finish their degree, with students describing time management and anxiety as their top challenges. Students say they felt most confident turning to academic advisers for help, but about a quarter say it had been six months or longer since they did so.
A math teacher in an all-boys high school in Detroit also runs the on-campus greenhouse and garden and teaches her students how to cook. In this Q&A, Marquita Reese describes her work and how she uses a survey to get to know her students.
Sixteen Boston-area high-school students are learning about social and political issues in a civics course offered at a summer camp. The training they receive is designed to help them develop leadership skills, so they can address issues in their communities and mentor their peers.
Teachers who work in high-poverty schools should be eligible for a federal tax credit that could raise their salaries by as much as $10,000 annually, according to a proposal by the Center for American Progress. The proposal comes amid nationwide protests over teacher pay, which has not kept up with the cost of living in some states.
Many MBA programs now are recruiting students with liberal arts backgrounds, and some are helping to prepare them for the math-intensive curriculum. The Yale School of Management invites some students to a math camp to hone skills in areas such as statistics and calculus.
A San Francisco company called PassRight is helping businesses that may not be able to secure H-1B visas for foreign workers apply for O-1 visas instead. The so-called "genius visa" is awarded to foreign workers with "extraordinary ability or achievement" and the program does not have a cap like the H-1B visas.
High-school students in an Alabama district will be allowed to prepare for jobs in the area's manufacturing plants through a newly announced partnership between the district and the manufacturers. Under the program, students will split their days between academics and hands-on work.
First-year principals often are enthusiastic about their jobs, says Tanya Dockery, principal of Timber Ridge Elementary School in Killeen, Texas, but there are many unforeseen challenges that can occur. Speaking at the recent National Principals Conference in Chicago, Dockery and other administrators discussed some common issues, including scheduling, maintenance and managing teachers.
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